We at FiftyTwoWords are dedicated to the meaning behind words.We are also dedicated to providing a platform for people to share their words, their experiences and their stories.
Our first themed event was 'Risk' and what a great night it was! Our second event is called 'Struggle' and this event takes place on Thursday 08 December at The Mill Theatre , Dundrum.
Struggle is part and parcel of life and the precarious balancing of both good and bad times faced by all. From the moment we get up in the morning, we are exposed to struggles of different degrees. Join us at our next event on Thursday the 8th of December at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum to hear the interesting insights and perspectives on the word 'Struggle' from our guest speakers: The four speakers lined up for the ‘Struggle’ event on 8th December at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum are as follows;
1. Dr. Shane Hegarty (Neuro-Scientist and Researcher)
2. Richard Barrett (COO & Co-Founder Pundit Arena & One Zero Sports Tech Conference)
3. Philip Quinlan (Retired Army Captain & Management Consultant with KPMG)
4. Sandra Irwin Gowran (Education & Support Programme Manager at Educate Together, Director of Constituency Mobilisation, Yes Equality Campaign)
UCC Neuroscientist and researcher Dr. Shane Hegarty portrays an academic approach to the concept of 'Struggle'. As a Neuroscientist, he researches struggle to try to define and explain how we experience, create and manage struggles, and explores the impact of struggle on our lives, from a biological, psychological and neuroscientific view-point. He uses the case study of his own life experiences as a Parkinson's researcher to discuss his hypotheses on struggle.
Dr. Hegarty will be followed by Richard Barrett, the Co- founder of both Pundit Arena and the recently held One-Zero Sport Tech Conference. He will present his experiences of the entrepreneurial struggle in starting out and growing a business. He will shed some light on the high and lows that come part and parcel with building a business from nothing. An example being the withdrawal of Lance Armstrong as the main speaker, less than twenty four hours from the recently held One-Zero Sport Tech Conference held in the RDS last October.
Phil Quinlan a retired Captain in the Irish Army, who now works as a management consultant with KPMG will present on struggle as being formative in our personal and cultural development. He will discuss how struggle can remain personal, even in the midst of wider conflict, citing his overseas experiences in the war torn regions of Kosovo, Uganda and Western Sahara. These personal experiences coupled with his extensive studies and research in political science and conflict resolution will make for a dynamic presentation.
The final speaker, Sandra Irwin Gowran, works as the Education & Support Programme Manager at Educate Together. Speaking about her previous role as Gay and Lesbian Equality Network’s former director and Civil Marriage Equality campaigner she will provide the audience with an insight into the struggles she and the civil marriage equality campaign faced on route to making Ireland allow open access to civil marriage for same sex couples. This will be an extremely insightful and honest talk around the subject of homosexuality and the struggle for LGBT rights in Ireland.
We will also be providing audience members with an oppertunity to share their own 'Struggle' stories during this event so please get in touch if you would like to participate.Also on the night will be drinks and spot prizes as well as an interactive Q&A session with all of our speakers at the end of the night.
We at FiftyTwoWords look forward to seeing you at this event!!!